Sutter calls Gibson ‘the best goalie I’ve ever seen’ as smoke billows from the sarcasm detector


Deadpan Darryl is at it again.

Following his club’s third straight loss to Anaheim — and second to rookie phenom John Gibson — Kings head coach Darryl Sutter had some incredibly high praise for the 20-year-old tender which, as several media members pointed out, might’ve been tongue-in-cheek!

Here’s what the scene was believed to look like in real time:


Gibson, who made 39 saves on Monday and has now allowed just three goals on L.A.’s last 70 shots, has clearly made a difference in this series. He seems to be in one of those “doesn’t know any better” zones we’ve seen from youngsters in playoffs past (like Brad Marchand scoring 11 goals and 19 points to help Boston win the Cup in his first-ever postseason, for example.)

Gibson’s also a virtual unknown, so L.A. probably has yet to develop the full book on him. Finally, he’s about as calm and cool a presence as you could want in the playoffs, and seems to give the Ducks the kind of confidence they lacked in Jonas Hiller and Frederik Andersen:

In light of this, it’s a pretty smart/calculated play by Sutter. He makes light of the idea that Gibson’s unbeatable or perhaps in the Kings’ heads and also indirectly calls out Jonathan Quick who, after starting this series by allowing just three goals on 72 shots, has now surrendered nine on his last 57 faced.

L.A. heads back home on Wednesday for a chance to snap its current losing skid at Staples. It’ll be interesting to see how the Kings deal with the best goalie Sutter’s ever seen — especially since they’re now facing elimination for the second time this postseason.

Though to hear Sutter explain it, the Kings aren’t the ones about to feel the heat.

“A lot of pressure on him now,” Sutter said of Gibson, per LA Kings Insider. “A lot of pressure on him.”

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)

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Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

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Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.